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Janurary 19, 2011 Volume 11 Issue 1 VALENCIAVOICE.COM

Welcome Back Students

By James Tutten jtutten@valenciavoice.com

On a blustery cold day, when Florida was the only state in America without snow, pip- ing hot food was given to thaw the chill of winter break. The Welcome Back Barbe- cue took place at Valencia’s West Campus last Thurs- day. This event welcomed students to the campus fol- lowing winter break and provided free food, enter- tainment, and information about Valencia-based groups.

Free barbecue meals were provided by Cabin Creek Catering with choices rang- ing from chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, pork, beans, and coleslaw. Bill Whitney, anoth- er food vendor, also provided “tornado potatoes” which are twirled, seasoned, and deep fried potatoes on a stick. The lines, full of hungry students, all spoke highly of the quality andflavorofthefoodprovided.

Additional included


festivities painting,

body art, a photography booth, and custom stickers.

This event was organized by SGA to provide students with a chance to have some fun and also learn about Valencia’s many on-campus groups. Va- lencia’s Nursing Students Association, Intercultural Students Association, Mod- el United Nations, and Phi Theta Kappa, among others, were all stationed through- out the outdoor courtyard. SGA Vice President Wendell Smith said a main goal for this event was to “let stu- dents understand how much school spirit Valencia shows.”

Keith W. Houck, vice presi- dent for Administrative Ser- vices at West Campus, was at the event and said, “it’s very exciting, a lot of students have turned out, and they are en- joying the barbecue today.”

Jacob Solomon, a third- year Nursing student, agreed. “Anytime you can

get for


free meal, it’s great



Sebastian Arbelaez / Valencia Voice Musician Erin Sparks Entertained students during the Welcome Back BBQ.

Live musical entertainment was provided by Erin Sparks from Nashville, Tenn. Accom- panied by her husband on acoustic guitar, she performed a mix of original and cover

James Tutten / Valencia Voice Were you in class during the Welcome back BBQ? No worries, here’s a video re-cap brought to you by the Voice.



Valencia uses students’ ab- sence to make changes

Do you like the changes the new semester brings?

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songs inspired by artists like Sheryl Crow. Sparks brings her folk/country music style to universities and other ven- ues throughout the country. If you were unable to at- tend the events, all clubs and organizations can be accessed through the col- lege’s main web site at http://www.valenciacc.edu.

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